Becoming Full Professor While Black

August 15, 2019 / Heather Nahmias

The Chronicle of Higher Education 

by Marlene L. Daut

July 28, 2019


After I received word of my promotion to full professor this past June — a day after my 39th birthday — I decided to text my friends rather than post the news on Twitter. One of them asked how I was celebrating. I told her that I wasn’t yet. Instead I was making a list of all the people who had tried to destroy my career.

"Wow, that’s heavy," she said. It was.

But it was also cathartic. Writing the list helped me realize something. From the outside, being a mother probably seemed like the greatest challenge on my path to full professor (the most common reply to my text was some version of "I can’t believe you did that with two kids!"). In fact, the biggest obstacle was actually race.


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